HealthESites
August 8, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 27
ISSN 1530-3608
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DESPITE U.S. LAW, SENIORS CLICK ON CANADA
FOR DRUGS
Senior activists in Massachusetts are presenting regular classes
where their fellow seniors learn how to order prescription drugs
from Canada over the Internet. Seniors say they can save up to 90
percent by ordering prescriptions from Canada, but the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration says the practice is illegal and unsafe.
The law against personal drug importation is rarely enforced, but
the FDA is considering a crackdown. Meanwhile, this fall Congress
is scheduled to debate overturning the law.
Source: Boston Globe - Aug. 6, 2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/218/metro/
Despite_US_law_seniors_click_on_Canada_for_drugs+.shtml



MERCK CHANGES WEB SITE FOR BONE DRUG
TO APPEASE FDA
Under pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the
pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has revamped its Web site that
promotes the bone density drug Fosamax. In a letter to Merck, the
FDA listed several items on the site that it said either
overstated the benefits of Fosamax or downplayed its risks.
Source: Reuters - Aug. 2, 2001
http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/010802/n02350999_2.html


WEB DIET WARNING
A British consumer group that examined diet sites on the Web
found that most provide poor advice that could even be harmful.
To test advice from the sites the group created two fictitious
dieters, one male and one female, with various health issues.
Source: British Broadcasting Corp. - Aug. 6, 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1476000/
1476287.stm



FDA APPROVES CAMERA-IN-A-PILL
Patients who swallow a new camera-in-a-capsule approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration will provide doctors with color
pictures of the inside of their small intestines. The biggest
market for the pill is expected to be patients with internal
bleeding that cannot be diagnosed with other methods.
Source: Associated Press - Aug. 1, 2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010801/hl/video_pill_2.html


DISEASE MANAGEMENT USES WEB TO NET SAVINGS
Disease management companies are developing a variety of
electronic tools to do everything from reminding patients to take
their medications to allowing patients to automatically send
their vital signs to their doctors from home. Numerous studies
have found that the disease management tools save money, and
they're also widely credited with improving the quality of life
for patients. But the Industry Standard reports that revenues for
companies that make home monitoring products have not risen as
quickly as initially expected.
Sources: Managed Care - July 2001
http://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/0107/0107.online_dm.html
Industry Standard - July 30, 2001
http://www.thestandard.com/article/0,1902,28075,00.html


E-MAIL AND THE INTERNET CAN FACILITATE
DOCTOR-PATIENT COMMUNICATION
Patients and physicians alike can benefit from e-mail exchanges,
according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
E-mail communications can help maintain continuity in the
relationship, reduce unnecessary appointments, increase patient
compliance with instructions, and quickly take care of routine
matters, leaving more time for meaningful communications during
patient appointments, the study says.
Source: Reuters Health - Aug. 2, 2001
http://www.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2001/08/08.03/
20010802prof001.html

British Medical Journal study:
http://www.bmj.org/cgi/content/full/323/7307/266


GROUP SAYS WEB SITES ON INSURANCE HAVE PITFALLS
In a new survey, the Consumer Federation of America reports that
many Web sites that sell life insurance provide misleading
information. The group also found that despite claims to offer
the lowest prices for life insurance, three quarters of the sites
do not offer policies from low-cost insurance companies.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 1, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/01/technology/01INSU.html


HAND-HELD MONITOR COMPILES HEART DATA
A Maine company has developed a portable heart monitor that works
with Palm handheld devices. The monitor has electrodes that
attach to a patient and a cable that attaches to the Palm. The
Palm receives heart data from the monitor that can be viewed or
transmitted by modem to a doctor or hospital.
Source: New York Times - Aug. 6, 2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/06/technology/06PULS.html


PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA LATEST STATES TO OFFER
PHYSICIAN DATA ONLINE
Pennsylvania and Virginia have recently joined 30 other states in
offering background information online about physicians licensed
in their states. The amount of information provided varies by
state, but most sites at least list the physician's license
status and any disciplinary actions.
Source: American Medical News - Aug. 13, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_01/prsc0813.htm


SOME SITES TO SEE BEFORE UNDERGOING SURGERY
This article reviews two Web sites aimed at people who are
considering or are about to undergo surgery. The sites include
the PreOp Guide (http://www.preopguide.com) and a site operated
by the American College of Surgeons (http://www.facs.org).
Source: Los Angeles Times - Aug. 6, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/technology/columnists/techcol/
la-000063831aug06.story?coll=la%2Dbusiness%2Dtechnology%5Fcolumn



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